Supported by The High Commission of India in UK IIW All Ladies Ambika Trophy Cricket Championship Inspiring Indian women had a double whammy this year for the celebration of 74th Indian Independence Day for the Indian diaspora with two back to back events, ‘Aisa Desh hain mera’ and IIW All Ladies Ambika Trophy Cricket ChampionshipYe Desh Hain Mera - A tribute to the Armed Forces, was hosted by none other Brij Kumar, one of the best Hosts in UK and a very strong Entertainer. Raj Rawat joined and assisted who is not only an IT specialist but entertainer as well.
They provided a huge amount of support to the Team Fankaar to bring the whole programme together.
Chief Guests Honourable Mr Virendra Sharma MP (Southall Ealing and Minister) and Mr Manmeet Singh Narang (Minister of Coordination from the High Commission of India in UK), graced the occasion and made this celebration even more joyous!
The programme started with Ananya Sarkaar from ‘Harmoniverse’ fame playing the Guitar with the prayer ‘Raghupati Raghav ‘. Team of Funkaars included Bittu Banger from Paris who sang ‘ Yeh Desh Hain Veer Jawaano ka’, Nabanita Nandy Ghosh from Denmark who sang ‘Bharat humko Jaan se ptaara hain’, the classical duo, just made the whole place rock on their tunes.
Our very own, Nilanjana Paul kept the motivational spirit high with her joyful singing, ‘Insaaf kid agar pe’, Couple Shweta Ghube and Sachin Ghube sang Bollywood Classics, ‘Aye mere vatan ke logon’ and ‘Mere Desh ki dharti’ made us hum to the tunes of Bollywood music. Also, Gaurav Chaturvedi, ‘Sandese aate hain’ and Sudhir Kumra’s ‘Mera Karma hain’ melodious voice made the atmosphere exuberant.Vini Kalia and Manisha Dwivedi Pathak’s (US) added icing on the cake with their sweet voice. Shweta Dhall with her song ‘Teri Mitti’ and Shraddha Khare’s, ‘Mera Des Rangeela’ mesmerised the audience further. Brij Kumar sang the emotional ‘Kar Chale hum fida’, while Mr Gyan Sharma sang the beautiful song, ‘Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada’. It was a brilliant coordination and amazing performances by the entire team!
The inaugural address was by Dr Melissa Kapoor – of English Bahen in Twitter fame. The Guests of Honour were Ex-Army personnel Mr Pravin Yadav, Ex Major Manish Bhatnagar, Ex Col Ajay Kotwal and Former Wing Commander Satyam Kushwaha.The event was graciously attended by representatives of most of the Indian Community organisations based in UK. IIW acknowledged and honoured each one of these organisations for their fantastic work towards Indian community, those who sacrifice their time and energy at the service of the nation 'INDIA’. Those who strive to keep their Motherland alive and empowered with their community work thus stifling the voices of the dissidents in this land. It was a symbolic effort that these people MATTER!